Nick Seegel makes a living playing near the far post and capitalizing on crosses from teammates.
Seegel’s second-half goal secured Havelock’s 2-0 victory over New Bern on on Friday at New Bern.
It was just a night after the junior notched three goals in a win over D.H. Conley.
“I love scoring goals,” Seegel said. “I always stay on the backside, just in case it goes over. I’m always there to finish it. It was an excellent cross.”
Just 12 minutes in the second half, Jason Hollister lobbed a free kick into the attacking foot of Seegel to give Havelock its insurance goal.
“(Nick) is stepping up, but it is not just him,” Havelock coach Jeff Harris said. “Our goals are hustling goals. People are being unselfish and crossing the ball. We have phenomenal assist numbers.”
The Rams (9-2), who have two losses by a combined two goals, feel they can compete with any opponent.
It shows on the back of their T-shirts.
“We wrote the word “Believe” on the back of our T-shirts because we truly believe we can do it,” Harris said. “This team has no doubt they can hang with anybody.”
Havelock knocked off New Bern (3-5) for the second time this season. The Rams’ only losses were a 1-0 defeat to Ashley and a 3-2 loss at White Oak.
“It feels great,” Seegel said. “We’ve really stepped it up this year. We are a completely different team and it’s mostly the attitude that we have.”
Havelock scored its initial goal after New Bern goalkeeper Kris Peck kicked the ball right at Rams’ Kevin Quinn. Quinn took a few dribbles then lobbed the ball into the goal.
With New Bern taking Havelock’s leading scorer, Noah Kemble, out of the game, Harris relied on the rest of the cast to step up.
“Every team we’ve played has had a guy spy on Noah,” Harris said. “Noah was getting frustrated, but I told him that if his assist numbers go up, then that is just as important as any goal you will ever make. He has been spreading the ball around and being a playmaker.”
New Bern had opportunities to score. Durrant Mangum, Hay Mu, Austin Cooper and Christian Rust all had shots on goal.
Both teams ripped eight shots. Havelock had four corner kicks.
“We had a lot of really good passing and we went for every ball,” Seegel said. “We attacked constantly.”
Havelock travels to Jacksonville on Monday, while New Bern travels to Swansboro.